Literary Tattoos – Marking My Territory

This blog used to host a popular post about my literary tattoos, you know, before me and my technical expertfuckery got in the way. I reckon it’s about time I re-did it.

First thing’s first, Sam of Silver Needles,Southend does my tattoos. She’s magnificent, therefore her popularity has sky rocketed in recent months. If you want to book in with her the most up to date information should be here, it’s not easy, but she’s worth waiting for.


So, a university friend sent me this buzzfeed article to let me know that I’d been featured. Somebody made a youtube video to go with it apparently. WARNING: Turn it off once you get to mine, you don’t want to see what comes next. -shudder-

My friends and I find my tattoo scattered through the backwaters of the internet all the time, which is no surprise as I submitted it to tattoolit and contrariwise when it was new.

This buzzfeed business got me thinking though, my other literary tattoos are at least as awesome as my Shakespeare one, I should really put them on the internet for people to pillage for spare parts etc.

You’ve met my ‘what’s past is prologue’ tattoo from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, a homage to my calling in life among other things, but have you met Carlwilli and my thigh piece?


He’s a cheerful dude.


Looks good with googly eyes, but who doesn’t?

2013-07-14 13.10.33He’s a constant reminder of the overwhelming joy that comes with a bedtime story, and that I partly owe my life long relationship with books to those treasured childhood tales, and the loved ones who read them to me.

My room mate got a matching one!

two cat

sleepyWhy a The Very Hungry Caterpillar tattoo? Why not? Gives me a good excuse to wear green shoes as well.

My thigh piece is my favourite tattoo though.

thighThere’s references to 10.5 books and a pen and ink portrait of me and my brother which Sam created herself.


  • The Steadfast Tin Soldier
  • Winnie-the-Pooh
  • Peter Pan
  • The Tailor of Gloucester
  • The Secret Garden
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Matilda
  • Cinderella
  • Peter Rabbit
  • The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
  • (the 0.5) The Wizard of Oz, because there’s an unintentional yellow brick road running through the forest.

legI get my thigh out a lot. I’m a bit of a flasher, but I’m just so goddamn proud of it.

google tatAlso, GOOGLY EYES.

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3 thoughts on “Literary Tattoos – Marking My Territory

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  2. Yeah, I’ve seen the Shakespeare tat on Pinterest loads of times and I love it – I’m pretty sure I’ve pinned it – but the thigh piece is truly a masterwork. Thanks so much for sharing it online!

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